EUGENE, Ore. – After getting frustrated following news coverage of the Steubenville rape trial, a sophomore at the University of Oregon decided to make a video of her own.
The 26-second video titled “A Needed Response” is in the style of a public service announcement and illustrates how a person should behave when someone passes out.
In the video, the male actor addresses the camera, points to the woman behind him and says “Guess what I’m going to do to her?”
He then brings her a pillow, blanket and a glass of water before ending with “Real men treat women with respect.”
Samantha Stendal, who is a cinema, art, and multimedia student, uploaded the video Friday and it has already gotten almost 400,000 views on Youtube.
“I was studying for finals and was procrastinating by reading the news. I was reading about Steubenville and getting more and more angry about the coverage,” she said. “I wanted to make something that was more positive than what was being shown. We should be treating each other as human beings not blaming victims.”
Stendal is now on Spring Break and heading home to Sammamish, Wash. She was very happy her message was reaching so many people.
“I’m just happy it’s getting out there. The more people that get the message the better,” she said.